The Newark, N.J., mayor who once opposed regulating local businesses to death in the name of safety appears to be softening, suggesting now that the city should stop allowing businesses that stay open late at night to “have their way.”
CBS New York quotes Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s apparent change of heart in the wake of two deadly late-night shootings: one at a local IHOP, the other at a convenience store.
“Irvington closes their bars an hour before we do. East Orange closes restaurants at 10 p.m., so why in Newark [do] we let folks kind of have their way and go a lot later?” he asked. “We also want people to be safe and we’ve got to strike the balance. We need to start talking, questioning that. And if you want to stay open later, maybe there should be certain requirements.”